Submit Recipes to Backbone Pinot Gris Contest by September 30th

September 01 2012

Backbone Pinot Gris Recipe Contest

Submit your favorite recipes to the Backbone Pinot Gris pairing contest today!

With each of the wines released to the King Estate Tower Club, our culinary department creates an original paired recipe.  It’s a practice that demonstrates the ability of our wines to pair with food and also showcases the seasonal, organic menus featured at our estate restaurant.  New recipes are presented quarterly for wine club members and are available on our website.

See some of our favorite house recipes:

Chef Michael’s Scallops Aromatique

Grilled Salmon Over Potato Gnocchi, Buttered Leeks & Aged Balsamic

King Estate Tomato Jam

In mid-August, members of the Classic & Ultimate tiers of the Tower Club received a special wine.  It is a blend of Pinot Gris from the  five vineyards that make up the core, or “backbone” of the Signature Pinot Gris blend.  Only 300 cases of this wine were made.  It is sold exclusively at the winery and the online store.

Winemaker Tasting Notes

Color: light straw
Aroma: honey dew melon, nectarine, lime, pear, peach
Flavors: papaya, lime, minerality, mango, star fruit, lychee
Mouthfeel: rich full bodied and crisp balanced acidity

Click to view technical data about this wine.

Instead of telling you what we think pairs with the Backbone Pinot Gris, we thought we’d open the door for you to send us your recipes.  We want to taste and gain inspiration from your original concoctions, so we’re announcing a recipe contest.

Contest Instructions:

  1. Include a list of ingredients (and quantities) and an explanation of how to prepare the dish.
  2. Recipe should pair with the 2011 Backbone Pinot Gris.
  3. Submit to by Sunday, September 30th.

Your photos, videos and stories about your recipe are also welcome, as is your commentary on the wine pairing!

The winning recipe will be selected based on its ability to pair with the 2011 Backbone Pinot Gris and overall deliciousness.  The King Estate culinary team will prepare this recipe and feature it in a video cooking demo which we will post to our blog and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc).

Contact us at with questions.  Good luck and happy experimenting!